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South Dakota Department of Health Sec. Kim Malsam-Rysdon Discusses State's Successful Vaccine Rollout on Credit Hour

Kim Malsam-Rysdon South Dakota Department of Health Sec. Kim Malsam-Rysdon, '91 B.A., discussed the state's pandemic response and successful vaccine rollout on the Credit Hour podcast.

VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota Department of Health Sec. Kim Malsam-Rysdon, '91 B.A., discussed the state’s pandemic response and successful vaccine rollout on the podcast, Credit Hour.

“The vaccine you should get is the first one that’s available to you,” said Malsam-Rysdon. “They are all incredibly effective.”

Malsam-Rysdon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Dakota. She was an initial graduate of the university's Honors program. Serving in state government for 20 years, Malsam-Rysdon has also served as secretary of the South Dakota Department of Social Services and as director of the Divisions of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Human Services.

“The fact that we’re even talking about a vaccine—let alone three vaccines as of today—that are incredibly effective is amazing,” said Malsam-Rysdon.

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